Grind for March 9th
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein
Trump Signs Executive Order Banning TikTok in 45 Days
President Trump issued an executive order Thursday night that would see the social media platform TikTok banned within 45 days.
TikTok is a video sharing mobile application, owned by ByteDance Ltd., that the Trump administration has deemed a national security threat on the basis that the app has been gathering data that could potentially be shared with the government of China.
“TikTok automatically gathers vast swaths of information from its users, including internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search history,” the executive order said.
“This data threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) access to Americans’ personal and propietrary information – potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information and blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage.”
The U.S. ban puts pressure on the China-based company to sell the app’s U.S. platform – Microsoft is reportedly a leading contender, but the deal will be closely monitored by the Trump administration.
“If Microsoft or any U.S. company buys TikTok this will be carefully monitored to make sure there is absolutely no Chinese involvement in the new company,” said one Wall Street executive with knowledge of the matter told Fox Business. Read more…
Trump Seizes Opportunity After Biden Gaffe: Biden ‘No Longer Worthy of the Black Vote’
On Friday, President Trump seized the opportunity left by former Vice President Joe Biden when he made controversial remarks about the community. Trump tweeted, “After yesterday’s statement, Sleepy Joe Biden is no longer worthy of the Black Vote!”
In an interview published Thursday, NPR host Lulu Garcia-Navarro asked Biden if he would stop Cubans from being deported if he became president. Biden replied, “And by the way, what you all know, but most people don’t know, unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community, with incredibly different attitudes about different things.”
“You go to Florida you find a very different attitude about immigration in certain places than you do when you’re in Arizona,” he continued. “So it’s a very different, very diverse community.”
After huge blowback ensued from Biden’s remarks, he issued a statement on Thursday night, but there was no apology within it:
Earlier today, I made some comments about diversity in the African American and Latino communities that I want to clarify. In no way did I mean to suggest the African American community is a monolith – not by identity, not on issues, not at all. Throughout my career I’ve witnessed the diversity of thought, background, and sentiment within the African American community. It’s this diversity that makes our workplaces, communities, and country a better place. Read more…
GOOD TO THE LAST DROP:
Did you know… One of our biggest sleep distractions is 24-hour Internet access.